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It’s the one that players have been begging for and dreaming of for years. Fender has just unveiled the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster and it’s heading this way! .Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster. Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.

AFTER HENDRIX SANG THE LAST WORDS AND DISPLAYED HIS FULL ARSENAL OF GUITAR WIZARDRY—PLAYING BEHIND HIS BACK, WITH HIS TEETH—HE HAD ONE TRICK LEFT. HENDRIX TURNED TO HIS AMPS AND SCRAPED THE GUITAR AGAINST THE SPEAKER CABINETS FOR MAXIMUM FEEDBACK.

“This is for everyone,” he said just before spraying something on the guitar. Jimi bent down to kiss the instrument and then tossed a lit match to elicit flames from the prone Strat. Like a disciple worshiping at an altar, Hendrix knelt before the blazing guitar as the audience stared agape watching him smash it to pieces.

An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat—right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories—and as a special touch fender added an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate.

Carrying on the same free-spirited, psychedelic vibe of the original, and indeed Hendrix himself, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is sure to set your music ablaze.

To celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s iconic Monterey Pop Festival performance, where Jimi sacrificed his iconic hand-painted Stratocaster in a blaze of glory, Fender has created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. Vintage-inspired single coil Stratocaster pickups come together with a “C” shaped maple neck and vintage-correct 7.25″ radius pau ferro fingerboard to recreate the vintage magic of the original, while the iconic “Monterey” finish pays homage to the original hand-painted iconic instrument. While the original may have gone up in smoke, the all new Limited-Edition Jimi Monterey Stratocaster makes this amazing moment in rock n’ roll history available to our exceptional customers. The Wildwood Team was thrilled the moment that these phenomenal instruments were announced, and we couldn’t be happier to present them to you,
Model Aritst Series Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster
Amp: Friedman Smallbox 50

It’s been 50 years since Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster.
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Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. A trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups give this Strat® its classic Fender sound—bell-like and articulate, it has plenty of singing sustain for soloing. The “C”-shaped maple neck bears a vintage-style 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-sized frets for a playing feel just like the original. The six-screw synchronized tremolo is perfect for unleashing dive-bombs and other sonic expression. Other period-correct touches include the vintage-style tuning machines, strap buttons, trem arm and dual-wing string trees.

An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat—right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories—and as a special touch we’ve added an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate. Carrying on the same free-spirited, psychedelic vibe of the original, and indeed Hendrix himself, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is sure to set your music ablaze.

This is a new series of videos from Bluesmannus Custom Shop.
Part nine of a DIY project, the making of a custom stratocaster in the style of Jimi’s Monterey Pop Strat.
In this video I Demo the guitar, playing Little Wing (SRV version)

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DALLAS, Texas –  The crowd estimates for the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 exceeded 200,000, as people came from all over the country to see and hear Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. Additionally, they were also treated, many for the first time to Hall of Fame soul singer Otis Redding. It was a historic event when you look at the scale of the show, the names on the bill and the fact that it highlighted the Summer of Love at its apex.

The set list for Hendrix is littered with covers and hits that have stood the test of time. Hendrix opened with Killing Floor a Howlin’ Wolf Cover, then led into Foxy Lady followed by a Bob Dylan cover of Like a Rolling Stone and B.B. Kings’ Rock Me Baby. The back half of the set list was highlighted by The Leaves’ Hey Joe, Can You See Me, The Wind Cries Mary and possibly is most famous song Purple Haze. Every one of these songs at this iconic event was played on Hendrix’s iconic Salt and Pepper Black Fender Stratocaster (shown in photo).

This Stratocaster guitar, an undisputed piece of music history, is expected to sell for $750,000 in Heritage Auction’s special 50th anniversary Summer of Love  celebration June 17th-18th in Beverly Hills, California.

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“This is one of the most important guitars to ever come to auction,” said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “In the pantheon of guitars, only a few have changed music history and Jimi’s Black Strat is one of them. The guitar has been on display for several years in Europe and the United States and now a collector has the chance to add this historic instrument to their private collection.”

Fresh off U.S. exhibitions as well as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the guitar makes its auction debut at Heritage following rigorous authenticity analysis. The Experience Music Project curators conducted a thorough survey of the instrument before it went on show in Seattle and Fender’s own experts have also forensically examined the guitar. The guitar is being offered by a private collector from the U.K.

The guitar was swapped at the last minute before playing Wild Thing and then famously being set on fire. His performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is considered by many to be one of the defining musical performances of the 20thCentury.

“This is also the guitar he played at all of Bill Graham’s San Francisco Fillmore West on that short tour,” Shrum said. “And back in the United Kingdom the week before he was playing this guitar when he opened his Sunday show at the Saville theater.” The guitar opens with a $500,000 bid.

The Salt and Pepper Black Fender Stratocaster retains Hendrix’s upside-down and back-to-front stringing that subtly changed the voice of the new ‘reversed’ bridge pickup. Perfectly preserved is Hendrix’s belt wear on the guitar’s back, visible on footage taken at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix went on to use this instrument on many additional dates, expanding the area of wear.

“Holding this instrument is tantamount to holding a mirror to the zenith of 1960s social and cultural revolution,” Shrum said. “The legendary music of that period would not be possible without Hendrix’s genius and his love for this guitar.”

After the Monterey Pop Festival appearance, Hendrix played this black Stratocaster at shows at the Fillmore West and at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Within a year, Hendrix’s final studio album, Electric Ladyland, hit No. 1 in the United States. “That performance in California,” Shrum added, “led to his first and only No. 1 album.”


Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.